With the recent ribbon-cutting of Auckland’s brand new Church of Scientology, we’re giving you every excuse (not) to make like Tom and Cruise on in for some good old fashioned auditing.
My Scientology Movie: Louis Theroux
In this recent inquisition into the highly questionable L. Ron Hubbard-founded religion, the BBC journalist employs his typical endearing nature in the hope of getting close to Scientology members. Alas, his unthreatening manner and awkward silences are met with a recurring message: “Don’t go there big man”.
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Another current foray into the church, acclaimed documentary- maker and film producer Alex Gibney’s account is a thorough and meticulous one, honing in on the religion’s very core. Winning three Emmy awards, Gibney methodically deconstructs Scientology’s claims, highlighting its abuses and exploitation.
Scientology and Me
First broadcast in May 2007, this was the TV series that brought Scientology’s absurd practices to light. Following British reporter John Sweeney as he investigates the church, exploring claims of mind control techniques, as he delves deeper Sweeney is harassed: shouted at, spied on, visited in his hotel room at midnight and much, much more.